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Monday, February 28, 2011

Invitation cancellation

Hello all!  Glad to see you here on my blog!

A few weeks ago I received a commission to create some bridal shower invitations.  I got the sample all done and approved, got the go ahead and started stamping.  I don't know about others, but when I have 40 of the same thing to make, I do it in stages.  The first thing I did was stamp 40 of the Bouquet (#16220) image from QKR Stampede onto cream card stock with VersaFine Smokey Gray ink.

Once I had them stamped I was ready to color them with watercolor crayons.  I had a few of them done and was just about to start the rest, when I got a call to "hold the presses"  turns out that the wedding is off.

What to do with all those stamped images?!?!  I'm not sure if I will finish off the rest of them, but here is one that I did finish as a card.
I set up my Cricut Expressions with my SCAL2 program to cut the ovals on the light purple speckled card stock.  After running this piece through the Cuttlebug with the Swiss Dots embossing folder, I used Milled Lavender Distress ink to ink the edges of the oval and the sides.

I adhered this piece over the stamped piece.  I used variegated purple embroidery floss to wrap around the top and tied a bow. Then adhered the entire piece to a Core'dinations Card Stock base.

Thanks for stopping by today!  Feel free to leave me a comment and let me know what you think of this card.

Until next time, Happy Crafting!

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Masculine Happy Birthday

Hello!  Hope you're having a great day!

I don't make a lot of masculine cards, but this one turned out to be a bit on the masculine side and I really like it.
I used 3 different stamps from QKR Stampede,   Trees (#21601), Cattails (#11602) and Happy Birthday (#22803)
I started by setting up the nesting ovals on my SCAL2 program and cutting them on my Cricut Expressions

I used white card stock for the oval in the center.  I used Pan Pastels to color the background and used hair spray to set the color.

I then use the Trees stamp on the sides of the oval.  These trees are one stamp, first I inked up the stamp with VersaFine Mossy Green and Smokey Gray inks and stamped the right side of the oval.  Then repeated the process and stamped the left side of the oval.  Since I used only half the image on each side, it looks like two different stamps.

I used watercolor crayon to color the trunk of the trees.
I then stamped the Cattails stamp, using VersaFine Smokey Gray, then colored that image with watercolor crayons.

I layered and adhered the 3 ovals with ATG tape and then adhered them to the green card stock, and onto the card base.
All these card stocks were from my scrap stash.

I cut the 2 sizes of a banner from SCAL2, stamped the white one with the Happy Birthday stamp and inked the edges with the Mossy Green ink and adhered it to the larger banner, then onto the card.

I'm pleased with how this card turned out.  I don't do a lot of masculine cards, seems to be the hardest style of card for me.

Thanks for stopping by today! You know I always like to have your feedback, so leave me a comment if you care to.

Until next time, Happy Crafting!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

You're an Angel

QKR Stampede has the cutest angel images!  For this card I used Praying Angel (#16215) I stamped this adorable angel onto white card stock and colored her with watercolor crayons.  I then fussy cut her, adhered her to some Core'dinations Card Stock and fussy cut again, this gave the image a bit more depth on the card.
The base of the card is white card stock. I used some speckled card stock in a very light purple for the first layer.  I got a packet of these 4"x6" pieces at Hollo's Paper Crafts in Brunswick, Ohio.  If you are ever in the Cleveland area, you need to stop there, they have so many wonderful paper and crafting items at fabulous prices.
For the sentiment, I used my SCAL2 program and my Cri-Kits Metallic pens and my Cricut Expressions to write it out.  Then cut it down to size, layered it onto Core'dinations Card Stock, then adhered it to the card. 
Praying Angel was adhered with foam tape.
The little star bling is from my stash.

Stop over at QKR Stampede to see this and so many other adorable angel images, both in rubber and digital stamps.

Thanks for stopping by today.  Leave me a comment and let me know what you think.

Until next time, Happy Crafting!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Sweet Angel Card

Hello!  And welcome to the QKR Stampede Heaven Sent Blog Hop!  This month our theme is angels.

If you have come here from Monika's  
you are on the right track. I'm sure you found something wonderful on her blog, that will give you lots of inspiration.

 If you have just happened onto the Hop, you may want to go back and start at the beginning at the QKR Blog.  You won't want to miss anything.  If you get lost along the way or one of the links isn't working, just head back there and you will be able to pick up where you left off.  There will be an entire line up on the QKR Blog

And to make things even better, if you hop along and comment on each blog in the hop, your name will be entered into a drawing for a QKR Stampede gift certificate!  So be sure to comment on everyones blog posts, then return to the QKR Blog and let us know that you completed the hop.  Good luck!

Watering Hearts (#8403) is the image I used on today's card.  It is one of the many angel images that QKR Stampede has available in rubber stamp or digi form.
She was stamped onto white card stock and colored with watercolor crayons.  Then layered onto card stock from my stash.  The card base is kraft card stock and was layered with patterned paper from my stash also.
To add the ribbon to my card I ran it through my Xyron "X" sticker maker.

Have you seen the Bow Easy
It's a simple little tool that makes it quick and easy to make a bow for your project.  I don't have one of these, but when my son, Jaryd saw it, he decided to create one for me.
He used my Sure Cuts A Lot 2 program and designed one, I tweaked it a little and cut it out with my Cricut Expressions. 
I'll tell you, it sure makes it easy to make perfect little bows! This is what I used to make the little bows on this card, which I used Glossy Accents to adhere to the card.

Now that you have seen what I have made, you will want to hop on to Jessica's blog, where I'm sure she will have some wonderful inspiration posted.
Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope you'll leave a comment and let me know what you think of my sweet angel card.

Until next time, Happy Crafting!

Blog award from Larelyn!!! Thanks!

I just received a lovely award from my blogger friend Larelyn  I have gotten a lot of inspiration from her blog. You should check it out.
It is to be given to crafters with talent that you admire but you feel do not get the recognition they deserve. The rules are to pass it on to three more bloggers. (Just right-click and save to your desktop)
I would like to pass this award on to:
&
Two of these are paper crafting blogs and the other one is
"Random ramblings from a journalist disguised as a part time lunch lady trying to muddle her way through parenthood" 
I enjoy all three of these blogs and I'm sure you will too.  So click on them and check them out!  Be sure to check out Larelyn's blog too, she has some wonderful things to show us.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

It's hubby's birthday

Hi all!  Today is my hubby's birthday and I thought I should probably make him a card.  LOL!  So here it is.
The stamps I used on the front of the card are for an Inky Antics set.  The papers are all from my stash, see it's a good thing to save even those little tiny scraps!
I used an EK Success border punch for the orange scallop.
On the inside I stamped "Happy Birthday, Happy Birthday, Happy Birthday" and will write a little something more personal along with it.
The Happy Birthday stamp is one from the Happy Birthday (#22803) set from QKR Stampede
Thanks for stopping by today.  Leave me a comment if you would like to and come back soon. 
The QKR Heaven Sent Blog Hop is this Friday, February 18th, so come back and join in the fun.
Until next time, Happy Crafting!

Saturday, February 12, 2011

I'll be posting something soon.

Sorry I have been neglecting y'all lately.  I don't really mean to do that, but lately the mojo just hasn't been doing so well.  The winter months have been getting me down and I really need to get some crafting done and bring myself out of it.  So that being said, I will make an effort to get something interesting done very soon.

I did have a commission for some invitations that I got started on, but that was put on hold for a while.  I might just finish one up and give y'all a peek at it. 

Promise, I'll be back soon with something good.  And it won't be another pear! 

Thanks for stopping by, keep coming back and I'll have something up soon!

Until next time, Happy Crafting!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Same pear different design.

Hi all! 
In my last post I showed you a card I made using the pear (#3801) image from QKR Stampede.

Today I am showing you a card made with the same image, but with a different card design.  Once the image is done, it's just a matter of layering onto the card.

The "Happy Day" sentiment is from the Happy Birthday set (#22803) There are 4 sentiments in this set.  I cut one of them apart and used just the 2 words that I wanted.  Yes, it's okay to cut your stamps apart and rearrange them.  Makes them even more versatile.

I really am loving playing with this pear image.

Thanks for stopping by today, please leave me a comment and let me know what you think of my card.  What would you do with this image?

Until next time, Happy Crafting!

Monday, February 7, 2011

Pear from QKR

Hello Everybody!  This pear (#3801) image is quick becoming a favorite stamp.  It is one of the wonderful images that you will find at QKR Stampede.
I know they are called 'somewhat cute, somewhat quirky' but don't get the idea that they only have 'cute' images.  They have some really beautiful stamps, in both rubber and digi.  So be sure to check them out.
So back to the card.

I stamped this image on white card stock and colored it with watercolor crayons.  Then layered it onto a coordination color of card stock from my stash, then onto brown card stock.  I punched the scalloped border with an EK Success border punch.
For the ribbon, I put the ribbon around the brown card stock, then tied a bow and attached it with Crystal Accents.
The entire piece was adhered to a kraft colored card stock base.

Thanks for stopping by today, I hope you like this card.  Stop over to the QKR Stampede site and see what other great images they have!
Leave me a comment and let me know what you think!

Until next time, Happy Crafting!

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Simple note card

Hello out there in blogland!  Today I'm showing you a very simple notecard.  For this card I have used the Pear image (#3801) from QKR Stampede.
I stamped it onto white card stock 2 times and colored them with watercolor crayons. 
I used my new Classic Oval Nestabilities dies and cut the oval for the pear and also the yellow patterned paper that the image is adhered to.  
I layered them onto ivory cardstock that I ran throught my Cuttlebug with a Sizzix texture plate.
I then layered them onto a kraft card stock base.
The second stamped image was fussy cut then adhered over the other pear image with foam tape.  I love the dimension this gives to the notecard.

Thanks for stopping by today, leave me a comment and let me know what you think of this simple notecard. 

Until next time, Happy Crafting.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Praying Angel

Hello crafty people!  Today's card was made with an adorable image from QKR Stampede called Praying Angel (#16215)
First I stamped her onto white card stock and used watercolor crayons to color the image.  Once this was done it was just a matter of cutting and layering onto cardstock and patterned paper.  Of course, these were all from my scraps stash.  Don't you wonder where I get all those scraps?!?!  Sometimes I do too, they seem to mulitply overnight.  Of course, I do save everything, so that could be it, and they have been building up for quite some time.
Back to the card.  I layered it all onto a kraft card stock base and added some dashes and dots and called it done.  I think she is mighty cute, don't you? 

Thanks for stopping by today.  Leave me a comment and let me know what you think of this little gal.  She comes as a rubber stamp or as a digi.  Stop on over to the QKR Stampede site and see what other fabulous images they have.

Until next time, Happy Crafting!